The Hatch Early Learning Blog
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Naomi Polinsky, PhD Jan. 8, 2024
A key to fostering kindergarten readiness in children hinges on supporting children’s learning both in the preschool classroom and at home (Galindo & Sheldon, 2012). At Hatch Early Learning, we understand the important connection between home and school for children’s early learning. Therefore, Ignite by Hatch™ is built to support children’s learning at school while seamlessly connecting that learning to their homes.
Naomi Polinsky, PhD Dec. 8, 2023
Summer is a season filled with excitement and fun adventures, but it also brings the challenge of the dreaded "summer slide," when students can lose some of the knowledge and skills they worked so hard to gain during the school year (Quinn & Polikoff, 2017). For the third summer in a row, pre-K students in the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) Summer Transition Program kept the learning going throughout the sunny months, in part by using Ignite by Hatch™. Ignite is a digital learning tool for young learners that is designed, based on research from the learning sciences, to support kindergarten readiness (Hatch Early Learning, 2022). When children engage with Ignite, they practice and demonstrate their understanding of standards-aligned skills across seven domains: Mathematics, Literacy, Language & Communication Development, Social and Emotional Learning, Science & Technology, Physical Development, and Social Studies. As children play in Ignite, they move through a series of eight levels of skills in each domain that become progressively more rigorous. Levels 1–3 in Ignite are aligned to the pre-foundational skills children are expected to learn in preschool. Level 4 skills are aligned with kindergarten readiness, and Levels 5–8 move into elementary-school skills.